When I was very young my parents used to have several weeks holiday each year on their own, away from the six children. We were all farmed out to various friends and one year I stayed with “Aunty” Meg. She only had boys of her own so took great delight in teaching me how to sew. That was the beginning of my love affair with creating with fabrics.
I love both felting and nuno felting. In Japanese the word nuno translates to woven material and it’s a process of applying wool to a base layer of fabric. It’s an intensive physical activity to make sure the fabric created is properly felted.
I also love dying fabrics using the shibori technique – which is a resist method using shaping, stitching, gathering and binding of fabric before it is dyed to create an endless variety of pattern. As opposed to felting, creating fabrics this way is a meditative process for me, until the excitement of unwrapping to see how each particular piece has taken the dye and the pattern made by the resist.
The use of natural fabrics is so much more appealing when working by hand, so I only use silk, cotton and wool or animal fleece in my felting. Also, I believe that the many hours of work involved in each individual piece demands high quality materials.